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on the table but there are reports of a compromise to raise tax rates for them. both sides say thar are disappointed. >> it is totally a lack of courage to deal with these issues. from washington to wall street there is a sense of gloom but the prospects of deal. here in dc a new furlough warning went out to federal workers, deep spending cuts and tax hikes go into effect for every 1 on new year's eve if congress doesn't take action. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thanks, if the president and congress are not able to avoid the fiscal cliff experts say people here in california will be hit especially hard because prop 30 voted into law in november will mean higher sales taxes and income taxes on the state's top earners. the fiscal cliff would add to that, hitting all americans with higher taxes. >> i don't know there is a word to describe how pissed the public is going to be, nobody going to be happy to see that happen. >> if taxes go up on everybody it is not going to be a happy time but i think that is inevitably what is going to happen. >> the tax policy center says the lo
of it as an unwarranted way to rake in extra money for simply going one's job. debra villalon shows us millions of our tax dollars are handed out. >> reporter: we asked state workers about pay. extra pay for the risk. or a hazardous material team. why would administrators at state headquarters reek in more than a million dollars in pay. the emergency was the recession pushing stop staff to put in long hours. >> i don't know what the rules there. there are different categories. >> they basically creating their own emergencies by creating a fiscal crisis. then to handle that crisis, they're benefiting from it. >> reporter: credits point to pay record showing supervisors who can't get overtime. >> the fact they're doing the ones doing the abuse is shocking to me. they should be representing us. >> reporter: employment development is one of dozens agencies. boosting managers pay by as much as $1200 a month. payouts total almost $5 million over 4 years during a time most state employees were being forced into unpaid furloughs. >> it has to be evaluated by management of our department. >> reporter: the fina
the fiscal cliff. raising taxes on us. lowlowering on corporations. plus a special delivery on christmas day. the bay area family that unexpectly had to do it themselves. >> and back here in just a few minutes. and then more showers. we'll see you back here. hey, look! a shooting star! make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever. i wish this test drive was over, so we could head back to the dealership. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. test drive! but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a jetta. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. >>> it's a noisy job but crews are up to the task. many people need to dispose of their tree. free curb side collection will be offered january 2 through the 15 15th on regular trash days. they turn trees into chips that will be converted into boiler fuel. >>> an arrest in a three month old homicide case. was found shot to death at the bay point housing development ca
in hopes of avoiding tax hikes and spending cuts. >>> different solution to gun violence. what this man says it is time to do about guns and his push to make it happen. >> a foot of new snow [ bells ] >>> the names of each victim killed in the connecticut school shooting at sandy hook elementary school in newton, connecticut were read today. mourners observed a moment of silence to mark one week. many gathered in the rain outside the school to pay respects. >>> the head of the national rifle association layed out a plan to stop the killings. ktvu's eric rasmussen found one man who is leading a different fight to treat gun violence as a public health epidemic. >> reporter: he is one of hundreds of petitions that sprung up since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school. >> reporter: as the national rifle association took the podium in washington. >> the only thing that stop as bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: he was pushing a different solution. >> there are 30,000 people who die every year from gun violence. same number who die from car crashes. the centers fo
. both houses will reconvene tomorrow. some republicans suggest racing taxes for those earning at least a million, the president and democrats want increases on making more than $250,000 a year. >> we can't afford a politiclyself inflicted wound to the economy. the economy is growing but keeping that way means the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> the president said congress must meet the new year's deadline and pass a balanced plan. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top 2% won't even pay one third of the interest that's owed on this 16 trillon dollar debt. >> ouri senator gave the gop address saying the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. >> here is what could happen if no deal is reached. out of work americans will loose their extended benefits, california would be hit the hardest, 400,000 will loose benefits and the bay area will certainly feel the sting, more than 22,000 people in alameda and contra costa could be affected. california is bracing for a stalemate. the state controller's office is advicing departm
the fog is. >>> wasted tax dollars. you'll be surprised where government officials are spending your money. >>> and call it an incentive plan. the unique program being considered by san francisco to save money on health care costs. [ laughter ] [ girl ] wow, you guys have it easy. i wish i had u-verse when i was your age. in my day, we didn't have these fancy wireless receivers. blah blah blah. if i had a sleepover, i couldn't just move the tv into the playroom. no. we had to watch movies in the den because that's where the tv outlet was. and if dad was snoring on the couch, we muscled through it. is she for real? your generation has it made. [ male announcer ] the wireless receiver only from at&t u-verse. get u-verse tv for $29 a month for six months. rethink possible. >>> taxpayer money is paying salaries and bonuses to workers and elected officials who have been suspended and convicted of crimes. that's what our washington bureau reporter macfarlane found after digging into pub records >> reporter: he orchestrated an outrageously wasteful party in vegas on taxpayers dime. 800,000 spent
from the fiscal cliff. talks to try to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts won't resume until thursday. andrew spencer has the very latest. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers says president obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff. >> we were gonna go over the cliff before. we are gonna now because that's what the president wants. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner failed to get enough vote for his plan b on thursday. that would have raised taxes on people making more than a million dollars a year. on friday, they left town with no deal. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevent as tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> raising taxes could still be red ink as far as i can see and it would hurt jobs. >> reporter: some long-time lawmakers are dismayed by the perpetual gridlock. >> i feel it's more likely we'll go over the cliff than not and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal
they match spending cuts. they will raise taxes on the wealthiest americans. >> we will go over the cliff because it is what the president wants. >> we will present a tax hike on middle-class americans... >> without a deal spending cuts will take affect in the new year and economists warn it could lead to a recession and big jump in unemployment. >>> and before the end of the year, right now homeowners do not have to pay tax on a portion of the mortgage short sale or principal reduction, in authority sale, they could soon own income tax on part of what they had to pay. >>> officers are looking for and they say he killed his brother-in-law. he left in an orange truck and he is considered to be armed and dangerous. >>> they are banning together to find an answer to problems putting escalators out of service. there are many things that can put escalators out of service, dropped keys and change, during the first week of june, a record 28 escalators were out of service. >>> firefighters in contra costa are getting a new tool to help save lives. we have more on how it detects local hospitals. >
are meeting since november. economists hope they'll come up with a plan to avoid automatic tax increases and government spending cuts. some fear the meet as good just for show, however a big development with the senate minority leader. he spoke directly with the president for the first time in negotiations. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we're coming up against a hard dead line here and as i said, this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> the main sticking point is who should pay more in taxes. democrats want a hike on households making more than $400,000 a year and republican aids say their leaders might get on board with that offer. >>> meanwhile if they aren't able to avoid the fiscal cliff people here in alabama will be especially hard hit. that's because prop 30 will soon mean higher sales taxes and higher income taxes on the state's top earners, the fiscal cliff would add to that hitting all american with higher taxes. >> i don't know if there's a word to describe how upset the public is going to be. nobody'
taken by monday or else automatic income tax increase will kick in on tuesday. republican aid say their leaders might now get on board with that. even so there is economic proof that many americans still fear going over the fiscal cliff. i'll have more on that in my next update. live in washington kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 news. >>> analysts say if the country goes over the fiscal shift it could send the economy back if into a recession. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to return to work next week. a specksman for clinton says she continues to recooperate at home. doctors say clinton contracted a stomach virus earlier this month and became dehydrated and fainted. >>> the sonoma county sheriffs office will continue its search today for a possible plane crash. an eyewitness reported seeing smoke coming from a distressed aircraft in the hills. search crews combed that area but have found nothing. >>> the military is investigating a fighter jet that went down near fresno know. the plane crashed during a routine training mission yesterday afternoon. that about 100
many of you may have to hold off on filing income tax returns if congress doesn't avoid the fiscal cliff. i wish this test drive was over, so we could head back to the dealership. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. test drive! but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a jetta. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. . >>> we are tracking downpour across parts of the bay area. here is the live camera looking toward mount diablo. take a look at live storm tracker two and show you the current rainfall pattern. >> and welcome back. the president is cutting his vacation short to face the fiscal cliff. is he leaving hawaii for washington tonight. if lawmakers don't come up with a deal before the deadline your tax refund could be delayed by months. we are live in the washington bureau to explain more. >> reporter: brian the irs said without a deal as many as 100 million taxpayers may be forced to wa
and tax rates have gone up on all americans and they would then be voting for tax cuts as opposed to tax increases they would now have to reach a deal. put the president and the democrat particular party would win. >> he gets to cut the military and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> also if congress does not reach a deal by monday as many as 500 million taxpayers will not be able to file until march and i can explain why when i see you next. tile la campbell -- kyle la calm about a ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> they are asking all workers from d.c. washington area stores to coliseum together and he said he wants to send a respectful but potent issue. we have more times with the same message. >>> the u.s. base was the target of a suicide attack in afghanistan. a car bomb went off at the gates of camp chapman. the blast skilled a delivery guard and 6 children. the taliban is claiming responsibility. >>> more than 10 people people voted to support it but more than two-thirds voted not to have it but some say it passed too quickly. it protects some rights but underminds others. >>>
to try to reach a last minute deal, before historic tax increases go into effect next week. why some believe we will head over the fiscal cliff before washington takes action. >> reporter: the halls of power empty, although negotiators and the president are back at work. >> at the very least, let's agree right now on what we already agree on. >> reporter: an olive branch to the gop, and carrot to corporate giants. the administration now suggesting cutting corporate tax rates. the u.s. has among the world's highest. but closing loopholes that helped google, for instance, avoid $2 billion in taxes last year. >> corporations are a little concerned. >> reporter: gary is optimistic about a deal. >> i'd still rate it better than 50/50. >> reporter: what seems increasingly likely is to allow the country to go over that fiscal cliff, triggering higher taxes. that would allow hard line republicans to vote for lower taxes, a few days later. >> to make them look better? to appease voters. if that's the reason, great. >> reporter: some call it a low form of political shenanigans. >> i think tha
and senate leaders tomorrow head back to washington to try to reach a last minute deal, before historic tax increases go into effect next week. why some believe we will head over the fiscal cliff before washington takes action. >> reporter: the halls of power empty, although negotiators and the president are back at work. >> at the very least, let's agree right now on what we already agree on. >> reporter: an olive branch to the gop, and carrot to corporate giants. the administration now suggesting cutting corporate tax rates. the u.s. has among the world's highest. but closing loopholes that helped google, for instance, avoid $2 billion in taxes last year. >> corporations are a little concerned. >> reporter: gary is optimistic about a deal. >> i'd still rate it better than 50/50. >> reporter: what seems increasingly likely is to allow the country to go over that fiscal cliff, triggering higher taxes. that would allow hard line republicans to vote for lower taxes, a few days later. >> to make them look better? to appease voters. if that's the reason, great. >> reporter: some call it a low
't want to hang your hat on what happens in washington. >> the prospect of huge tax increases and spending cuts is clearly raising the amount of uncertainty and the amount of risk that is in the economy. >> i think they will settle it. but i think the taxes are still going to go up. >> reporter: for the overall economy the shopping days are ahead of us including three post christmas weeks where people look for bargains. >> i am cautious how i spend now but i can imagine that, you know, spending if something like this happens that it will definitely effect how i spend my money. >> reporter: that worries consumer psychiatrists. >> the drop in consumer confidence has everything to do with the fiscal cliff. what we are seeing is that consumers really don't have a sense of trust. that they are safe. wondering about the future. >> so, the fiscal cliff remains a threat but still improbable. not certain. but that time is running out, too. tom vacar, back to you. >> chevron corporation is moving 800 jobs from the bay area to houston, texas. it involves half of the staff in san ramon. they are sch
in a package for an up and down vote. one that protects the middle class from a tax hike. >> reporter: following the high stakes meeting on friday, senate appears to be poise. >> we will work hard to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. i am hopeful and optimistic. >> i will do everything that i can. i am confident senator will do the same. but everybody, whatever we come up with will be imperfect. some people aren't going to like it. some people will like it less but that is where we are. >> reporter: accept at majority leader reid called senate not to meet on saturday while leaders negotiate. boehner said he will not bring anything in the house unless it passes senate. if it fails to pass, every american will see a tax rate increase and unemployment benefits will go away. >> ordinary people do their jobs, meet deadlines, they sit down and discuss things and then things happen. if there are disagreements they sort through the disagreements. the in addition that our elected leadership can not do the same thing is mind boggling to them. and it needs to stop. >> reporter: in
all americans with higher taxes. and that could lead to a u.s. economic down turn. and that could derail many of the benefit prop 30 could have meant for the state. >> i don't know if there is a word to describe how mad the public will be. nobody will be happy to see that happen. >> if taxes go up it is not going to be a happy time. i think that is what is going to happen. >> reporter: the lowest income folks will see their pay shrink by 3.5%. average earners 4%. top earners 6%. that says nothing about other unknowns. >> we will be very angry. it will hit the people -- if you are on top you are on top but the middle and the working class are going to be effected. >> very angry. this life, i mean, we have to succeed. >> reporter: add to that 2,100,000 more americans on unemployment benefits who will be cut off january 1. >> our political parties hurt the american people. >> reporter: no one, no one will be exempt. consumer editor tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> americans bought new homes last month at the fastest pace in 2-1/2 years. sales of new homes road 4.5% to $377,000. th
dramatically. >> plus what going over the so called fiscal cliff could mean for the taxes that you pay. >> interest rates as high as >>> economic experts say if the country says if the country goes over the so called fiscal cliff it could go back into a recession. the effects could be even worse here in california. >> reporter: californians trying to straighten out the state's finances voted for prop 30. high earning californians will pay higher income taxes for seven years. the fiscal cliffs will hit all americans with much higher taxes and that could lead to an over all u.s. economic downturn. that in term could derail in of the benefits prop 30 may have meant for the state. >> i don't know there's a word to describe how the public is going to be. nobody is going to be happy to see that happen. >> if taxes go up on everybody, it's not going to be a happy time. but i think that's what's inevitably going to happen. >> reporter: average earnings will see 4%, top earners about 6%. that says nothing of lost deductions or other unknowns such as deduction driven pay cuts, lay offs and over
. it's a sign of what is to come if no fiscal cliff deal is reached and automatic income tax increases and government spending cuts go into effect in four days. meanwhile the president called a top four congressional leaders to meet with them at the white house later today with the hopes they can avoid this potential crisis. and in a somewhat surprising move top republican signaled he might be willing to compromise more on that when i see you next. >>> only on 2 in the north bay search teams are using a new technology to try to find a man who jumped the court me terra creek during a police chase. anthony donaldson was swept away on monday. he jumped into the creek to avoid a drunk driving test. >> really what it is it's the difference between the televisions we had years ago and newer digital tvs we have nowadays. a much sharper, clearer picture. imagery is much more defined than it was before. >> marin county is borrowing the video ray from contra costa county. they bought it from antiterrorism funds. >>> police in vacaville are asking for the public's help in finding a 56-year-old wo
and are considering the president's offer to raise taxes on households making $400,000 or more a year. even if it passes the senate he is concerned about the house where he will need about 30 republicans to cross party lines. the house speaker said he is not making members of the house come back from their break without a 48 hour notice on a vote. in the last -- >> american people i don't think understand the house is operating without the house of house. its being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. >> reporter: on top of this the treasurey department said the united states will hit its debt ceiling on monday and unless it takes extraordinary measures the country could default on some of its payments. we are expecting to hear more from senate leaders today we will have more in the next update. >> thank you. the east coast is being pounded with more powerful storms and that's causing problems at airports across the criminal airlines have canceled hundreds of flights because of the storm. heavy snow has been falling in pennsylvania, upstate new york and some new england states. t
negotiate with someone who doesn't want to negotiate. >> reporter: that would raise taxes on people making more than $200,000 a year. each making a parting pitch. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, prevents unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the presidents solution of raising tax rates would still be ready for as far as the eye can see and it would hurt jobs. >> the partisan bickering has put the country on the brink of a financial crisis. >> it's the first time that i feel it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. and that if we allow that to happen it will be the most collosal consequential in a very long time. >> reporter: president obama is in hawaii for christmas. he says he will cut his vacation short to try to hammer out a deal with republicans. i'm andrew spencer reports. >>> fears over if fiscal cliff dampened hopes on the stock market. >>> on the heels of a public outcry, instagram has been hit
to legislation that would prevent a middle class tax hike and would protect unemployment insurance. he spoke after talking by phone with house speaker john boehner and meeting with senate majority leader. >>> the dow industrials dropped 120 points. the nasdaq fell 29. we also saw a number of conflicting economic reports that experts say suggests the economy is not sure where it's going top our consumer editor tom vacar is in san francisco's financial district with some explanations. >> reporter: there are two winds. those that are blowing and the much more important economic cross winds. for the overall economy most critical shopping days are ahead of us. >> i'm very cautious about how i spend now but i can imagine that spending if something like this happens. it will definitely affect how i spend my money. >> reporter: that worries consumertologist psychologist. >> the drop in consumer confidence has everything to do with the fiscal cliff. what we're seeing is that consumers really don't have a sense of trust that they're safe. they're wondering about the future ramp consumer spending numbe
mitch mcconnel called the meeting with president obama good. taxes go up for all americans and traásic cuts will hit -- and drastic cuts will hit the national budget. >>> the dow fell 158 points, and the nasdaq fell 25 points. >> they may you know want to do something illegal just to put food on the table. >> coming up in 18 minutes finally strapped the hundreds of thousands of people set to feel the impact of the financial cliff starting tomorrow. >>> a sixth suspect has now been charged in connection with a beating and homicide in san francisco where the victims were bound and gagged. ktvu's david stevenson was in court today and tells us for the first time the district attorney talked about a possible motive. >> cameras were not allowed in this san francisco courtroom as prosecutorred announced a sixth suspect in a brutal beating and homicide in which two victims were left beaten and gagged. katherine uong described as a felon nicknamed killer is the first to be charged with the killing. an 18-year-old woman was found with reed also severely beaten she is now recovering. george
to the senate to pass legislation to avoid the steep cuts and tax hikes that are set to take effect january 2nd. some observers say it looks likely the u.s. will go over that cliff allowing lawmakers then to vote to lower taxes after they first go up. >> to make them look better? to appease voters? is that the reason? great. . >> meanwhile, another showdown is looming. the government will hit its federal debt limit on new year's eve and could default unless congress passes legislation to permit more borrowing. >>> the passage of proposition 30 gave governor brown the extra money he wanted for california schools. now he's working on a proposal to differencevy up the funds. eats work -- divvy up the funds. >> he wants to return more accountability, authority and decision-making down to local school districts because teachers, administrators and parents have a better sense of what their local priority are than people here in sacramento do. >> the governor's proposal will be included in his new budget set to be released next month. >>> california is losing out on federal vouchers provided from the
. they say it is known as a double irish where payments are moved to subsidiaries in order to pay lower taxes. >>> the tools come and decide to make muni scheduling the focus of app problems showing real locations to passengers. for now it's being tried out at the station. >>> they were routed by the seahawks. seattle got up to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter by this time martian lynch. he scored the first two touchdowns and david scored for another touchdown. they have now dropped to the third speed and they will not become a first round bithis weekend. >>> cam newton put the touchdown early on and ray had to leave after the first quarter after a hard hit. in the next quarter, the raiders sacked newton and newton appeared to kick kelly off of them. he said quote, you take our guy out, and then quote, we will take your guy out. they won 17-6. >>> let's go to tara, i understand there is a big accident in berkeley? >>> yes, if we take a look at our maps, we can show you where this is located. there we go. between gill man street and university avenue, we have four lanes blocked all except for
taxes on the wealthiest americans. >> we will go over the cliff now because it is what the president wants. >> we will prey vend a tax hike. >> without a deal spending cuts and budget cuts will take affect and it could lead to another jump in unemployment. >>> they will be spending christmas in the hospital. in south africa, nelson mandela has been in the hospital since the beginning of the month. they have no plans to release him any time soon. he was originally taken to the hospital for gaul stones. >>> and for george hw bush, he might be able to go home for christmas but then they changed their mind. former former president bush bush has been receiving therapy and they say he will make a full recovery. >>> let's go to ktvu channel 2 morning news' janine de la vega, she is live at the scene and will give us details, jeanine? >>> we are right at the los gatos border and you can see behind me fire trucks and police cars. >> reporter: they are surrounded around building and we just saw the property owners are asking firefighters what is going onment all we know is there is a fire and
footing. >> a speaker for him said he should legitimate more and talk less about that. major tax cuts will hit by then, the president cut short his vacation in hawaii to resume negotiations. >>> a new survey shows u.s. consumer confidence tumbled as the fiscal cliff nears, the consumer confidence index fell to 65 in december, the lowest level since august, last month it was at 71.5. economists say the decline is due to fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week. barkley is considering a plan to change the face of downtown with the first high rise in that city in 40 years, a los angeles real estate group today submitted and application for the plan which calls for a 17 story luxury apartment complex on harold way by the downtown bart station. the plan includes a rooftop garden, conference center and four levels of underground parking. if approved the development would transform the block long harold way there in berkeley. the project is expected to face opposition from pest veryvationist. the developer wants to tear down the back of that. >>>
to washington, d.c. this morning. he was called to pass a scaled back agreement to keep taxes from going up. the senate went back into session today. leaders accused each other of standing in the way of a deal. >> you can't legislate with yourself. we have nobody to work with. compromise. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> the house will convene on sunday. republicans already refused to take a vote on speaker of the house john speaker of the house john boehner's plan. with no deal in the works you are likely to see a smaller pay check. ktvu's consumer editor tom vacar joins us to detail what it will cost taxpayers. >> reporter: indeed, more than a cliff for some. >> reporter: for more and more americans, the fiscal cliff is being viewed as a failure of government. >> they are on vacation, doing whatever they are doing. they don't care. >> i just don't think they will ever come to an agreement. both parties are so far apart that there is no common ground. >> reporter: if you make between 50-60,000 deal, taxes go up $
. >> congress is expected to be back in session thursday and without a deal, tax hikes and deep spending cuts will be triggered on january 1st. >>> coming up tonight on the 10:00 news from flooded roadways to sinkholes. >>> our stormwatch coverage continue as a powerful storm leaves behind a mess in the bay area. >> thank you for trusting ktvu channel 2 news. >> we'll see you the next time newsbreaks and we're on-line at ktvu.com. we'll see you tonight at 10:00
for subsidiaries to pay lower taxes. >>> more than 92,000 people rolled the ferry to at&t park this past championship season. this is the first time they have had 92,000 or more. back in 2009 only 60,000 people rode the giant's ferry. >>> muni is getting some help for some hackathons. they are focusing their skills to help with scheduling programs. one of the most promising features shows the realtime location of buses and maps and now it is being tried out at the station. and gas prices are at its lowest with the average for regular at $3.25 per gallon. and it is more than a dime cheaper in san jose and almost down a dollar 20 from last year. >>> many bought a ticket worth $23 million. the ticket had all five numbers and was sold at sunshine center at pharmacy in south san francisco. that store will receive $115,000 for selling the winning ticket. >>> the rain is gone but concerns are not, we will have more on concerns about the levee in east palo alto and we will have more on why the neighbors are angry with the city. thanks for trusting ktvu channel 2 news and be sure to join us at 5
but will get politicians out of the bind. >> one stake point, the president's push to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year. republican opposition to that plan. >>> some san francisco reward its employees for making healthy choices? that's the issue leaders debating as they look for ways to cut health care costs. a new study shows two thirds considered to be the healthiest are over weight or obese. doctors say it can lead to health problems, some say paying employees to eat better and exercise can save money in the long run. >>> holiday celebration still going for many of you but for some of lights and ornaments are starting to come down and the tree that have stood tall will only follow. new at noon, alex live in san francisco with the winter recycling program. >> reporter: the trees still up here in san francisco. of course across the city a lot of these trees starting to come down and workers san francisco's recycling program want to make sure the trees don't end up in the landfill. instead they want to put them to good use, eventually turning them into renewable energy.
to at least propose a basic package. >> one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to 2 million americans looking for a job. and lays the ground work for future corporation by more economic growth and deficit reduction. >>> with no agreement on the fiscal cliff extended unemployment benefits expire tomorrow for 24,000 unemployed californians. one woman says she's been out of work for two years. she said if it weren't for the long term unemployment benefits she doesn't know how she would get by. >> not being able to put food on table. not being able to pay my bills. >> those individuals and families are on their own to figure out how they're going to have an income until they have go on and have a job again. >> reporter: 1.2 million americans could lose their extended unemployment benefits nationwide. >>> cloudy and cold, all day across the entire bay area. now we're adding some rain showers to the mix. here's a look on live storm tracker 2 radar. the greens indicating light rains on the increase. even if you're covered in
-- transferred. it is known as a double irish where large payments are transferred in order to pay lower taxes. >>> and in the deadly san bruno explosion, the san francisco chronicle reports the money will pay for regulatory charges but they fear a criminal charge. so consumer groups turned down the deal, eight people died, 38 homes were destroyed in the 2010 explosion. >>> some city offices will be closed due to the christmas eve holiday. san carlos is closed through january 22nd and all bay area city offices are expected to close tomorrow for the christmas holiday. bay area post offices will close but post office says most locations will close at noon but male delivery will be delivered quickly and post offices will be closed on new year's day. >>> who is checking bart, is it on holiday schedule? >> that is right and tomorrow as well will be on holiday schedule and trains will be 20 minutes apart if you have to get out and about on christmas day. right now we will look at 880 southbound, we have this accident which has cleared over to the shoulder, fedex versus a car and i just want to make
class of america so that the wealthy do not have to pay their fair share. >> we could tax all the rich people and cut their heads off and it would not help the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: talk now of a smaller deal that extends bush tax rates for the middle class and extends unemployment benefits. but puts off major spending cuts and reform to entitlements like medicare. >> we're going to end up with a small, kick the can down the road bill that creates another fiscal cliff to deal with with fiscal cliff. >> reporter: lawmakers are talking about how to retroactively avoid going off the fiscal cliff on a new congress. >>> the fiscal cliff debate is impacting people here in the bay area who's lives could dramatically change as soon as tomorrow. tom vacar is live at a highway work site in oakland and has the story of one woman and her looming fear. tom-- >> reporter: the people who work here are well paid and they're onvacaon. but for other people, the fiscal cliff might as well be a financial guillotine. though ilea thomas searches, she's been out of work for two years picking up any odd
reaching any agreement on ways to avoid end of the year tax hikes and budget cuts. the house speaker used the gop weekly address to say republicans will maintain their focus on reaching a deal. >> i have challenged the members of our party to grapple with these issues, to make choices and we are willing to because washington has a serious spending problem. this was the year of the size our debt, all 16 trillon dollars of it passed the size of our economy. it's a grim milestone. >> both sides continue to blame the other for not compromising. with no agreement the budget cuts and tax hikes will go into effect january 1st. >> it's more likely than ever that eastern and gulfports will be shut down by a strike. nearly 15,000 dock workers at ports from boston to houston are ready to walk off the job. they say negotiations are still possible but no new talks are scheduled. shippers and retailers are pleading the union and cargo carriers to get back to talks. >> this morning police in pennsylvania are trying to determine were a man -- why a man shot and killed three people before dieing in a
keep talking. >> congress is expected to be back in session by thursday. without a deal tax hikes for all americans and deep spending cuts will be triggered on january 1st. >>> the head of the national rifle association today defended his group's refusal to consider any form of gun control. >> look a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. every police officer that walks the street knows if you want to control violent crime take violent criminals off the street. >> on friday the nra called for armed guards in schools as the best way to prevent shootings like the one in newtown connecticut. today warner a supporter of gun ownership called for mental health care as a way to protect schools. >>> religion leaders prayed for peace and called for action to prevent gun violence. church members held sunday service then a town hall forum to answer questions and spark discussion. actor and activist danny glover and jeremiah wright. glover says the connecticut shooting has brought a problem dealt with daily, gun violence. >> daily in light of what has happened in newtown connecticut, don
. >> reporter: brian is congress does not act taxes will go up on all americans next tuesday. they are scheduled to get back to work for tomorrow morning which is when president barack obama's flight returns from hawaii but many are pest mystic he will reach -- pessimist particular they will reach the deadline. it is the republican controlled householding out. house speaker john boehner wants increase for those making only 1 million a year. they say it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not. >> if we allow that to happen it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional you are responsibility in a long time. >> reporter: some republicans are saying president barack obama will actually get his way if a fiscal cliff is not reached before the deadline, kyle la campbell, washington d.c. newsroom. >>> and in general delegations are not as crowded as the first ones. as many as 800,000 are expected to be there for the president's 21st inauguration and that's less than those who flooded the area in 2009. >>> it should be much better and governor brown wants to overhaul the state'
with the president's latest offer including raising taxes on those making 400,000 a year not 250,000. senator harry reid will pass this plan and does not want to put it to a vote unless he knows it will pass the housement they want to avoid fitting the call. house speaker john boehner held a meeting with fellow gop leaders and said he would give them 48 hours before calling them back from their holiday vacation meaning saturday is the earliest time a fiscal vote could take place on this deal. treasury secretary tim geithner said the united states will hit the debt ceiling on monday unless he takes extraordinary measures. they believe it could force congress to come up with a deal before monday's deadline but some republicans are not as optimistic. live in washington, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> they set $2 billion for unit who made her first court appearance. she was drunk when she hit a group of people. the woman was knocked up to a hill and she was studying criminal justice before that police crash. >> she is somebody who was never in trouble before and a quarter short of graduating from col
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